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Drunkenness: Fines

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were fined for an offence of drunkenness in (a) a highway, (b) a public place and (c) licensed premises in each year since 2003. (282954)

Information showing the number of people fined for “Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises” in England and Wales, 2004 to 2007 is provided in table 1.

Data held on the Courts Proceedings Database cannot separately identify the exact location where the offence took place, the figures supplied refer to those found drunk in either a highway, public place or licensed premises, where such an offence was the principle offence for which the offender was sentenced, where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principle offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed.

Information showing the number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued for “being found drunk in a highway or other Public place” in England and Wales, 2004 to 2007 is provided in table 2. PND data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Offenders fined for offences under S.12 of the Licensing Act 18721, 2003-07

Number

2003

1,304

2004

1,014

2005

868

2006

709

2007

664

1 Licensing Act 1872 S.12 - Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued for being “Drunk in a Highway”, England and Wales, 2004-071,2

Number

2004

2,497

2005

3,138

2006

2,712

2007

2,066

1 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

2 The Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) Scheme was implemented in all 43 police forces in England and Wales in 2004 under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit - Office for Criminal Justice Reform